The great interest of the visitors, including many leading figures from Japan’s graphic arts industry, was due not least to the fact that Muller Martini gave live demos of three machines. In addition to the Alegro A7 featuring MC technology, a book data center (BDC) and line control, a second softcover system was also presented: the Vareo, which was launched this year and provides maximum flexibility at a speed of 1350 cycles per hour. The many visitors to the stand were naturally particularly curious about its innovative technology – the perfect binder is the first where each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor – and followed the demo attentively through their headphones.
Muller Martini gave tours of its booth three times of day, at which, in addition to the Alegro and Vareo, a Primera saddle stitcher with numerous quality control systems such as “Secure Binding” (product verification using AsirCode) and Trim Watcher Plus, a station for book format and thickness measurement of trimmed products that is specifically used in Japan. Due to the massive interest, visitors has to register for their tour of the Muller Martini booth, and not a single person failed to turn up.
The visitors to the Muller Martini booth at IGAS in Tokyo were particularly curious about the innovative technology of the Vareo perfect binder.
The continued importance of the IGAS fair, which is held every four years, was shown by the wide range of nationalities of the visitors to the Muller Martini booth. They came not only from Japan, but also from several other countries in Asia, including China, India, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as from Australia and as far afield as Africa. The great visitor interest was also reflected in the many new projects that were lined up and existing investment plans that were firmed during the event.
In addition to the showroom, where unique and attractive sample products were shown, the joint press conference given by Bruno Müller, CEO of Muller Martini, and Yasuyoshi Miyazaki, Managing Director of Muller Martini Japan on “global market trends” and “our future is digital and offset” to numerous Japanese journalists specializing in the printing industry was also well attended.